Visiting Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes is close to a landmark site in modern British history. It was at nearby Bletchley Park that British scientists cracked codes created by the German Enigma and Lorenz machines - a breakthrough in WW2 that was celebrated in the movie The Imitation Game.
The museum at Bletchley is a must and houses one of the world's first modern digital computers, Colossus. For a family-friendly attraction, head to the Gulliver's Land theme park, which takes its inspiration from the famous tale by Jonathan Swift. Set alongside the Willen Lakeside Park, it offers rides, waterslides and animal encounters.
A little way west of there you'll find Xscape, Europe's largest indoor snow slope, offering thrills for skiers and boarders alike. There's also a large skateboarding arena - known as the Buszy - just outside Milton Keynes station. Culture comes in the shape of Milton Keynes Theatre, the region's leading live entertainment venue. It has a 1,400 seat auditorium, and welcomes West End touring productions, as well as staging its own dance, drama, music and comedy productions.
And of course, there's great shopping in Milton Keynes too. The Centre MK has every high street name you could wish for, including branches of John Lewis and House of Fraser, alongside restaurants and cafes and a covered outdoor market.